In recent years Durham County Council has worked with Seaham Harbour Dock Company, Friends of North Dock Seaham and the local community to bring about the regeneration of Seaham North Dock.
Following the demise of the pits in the early 1990s the north dock fell into a semi derelict state. The redevelopment of the dock was one of the key objectives of the Seaham Regeneration Strategy undertaken in 1994. It was agreed the most appropriate way to bring about the restoration of north dock was to undertake a three phased approach.
In 2005 the council completed phase one of the redevelopment. This phase involved the necessary public accommodation works, restoration of the lime kilns, viewing areas and secondary sea defence improvements.
The second phase of the redevelopment completed in 2013, aimed to bring economic life back to the north dock, creating major improvements to support a working marina.
This included the creation of the flagship building 'The Waterside' (comprising 12 commercial units), installation of floating pontoons to accommodate 77 leisure craft, reinstatement of the dock gates, refurbished slipway and improved public access to areas of the dock.
Additional public improvements also included the partnership with East Durham Heritage Group to restore the former lifeboat house as a visitor attraction which has now become the home of the historic George Elmy lifeboat.
This redevelopment work helped to ensure Seaham Harbour Marina can offer its berth holders quality facilities alongside competitive prices. Not only that but the marina's commercial units mean it's a great and free family day out in the North East, with fun and educational activities to enjoy with the kids.
The marina is managed by a Community Interest Company (CIC) which is a not-for-profit organisation. Its principle objective is for a sustainable development that will serve the community and aims to provide, and continually improve, facilities for maritime activities.
Management and staff include four CIC Directors, marina manager, operations supervisor and five marina operatives. Marina operatives are available 7 days per week and management can be contacted during office hours.The marina office is located in the Waterside building on the upper floor next to the "Lookout" café.
Driving from the north on the A19 turn off at Seaham then left through Byron's Walk via Seaton Lane, follow coast road going south 1 mile, follow signs to Seaham marina. Driving from the south on the A19 turn off at Seaham then follow the eastbound road of the A182 for 2 miles, Seaham marina sign posted.
The marina is open to the public from 9am to 7.30pm during the summer and 9am to 5.30pm during the winter months.
Improvements have been made to the car park west of Red Acre Point as seen in the photo second above right. Extended maritime facilities continue with the establishment of a secure boat yard on the dock land south of Surestart building, serving as an additional service to boat owners to be able to maintain and store their vessels within sight of the marina.
Phase three will centre on the conservation and restoration of the Georgian north dock quayside. This will help to develop the economic and cultural potential of the dock by creating a heritage based visitor attraction.
Once complete, Seaham Marina will be an even better day out in the North East for families looking for a range of activities. From educational opportunities to learn more about the heritage and geology of the area to sandy beaches, eateries and a relaxing coastal atmosphere to play and enjoy time spent with friends and family.
Lime kilns before phase 1 Completion of restoration 2005
Home to a fantastic range of cafes, restaurants and shops not to mention our fascinating heritage centre, Seaham Harbour Marina is the perfect destination for fun family days out in the North East. Learn more about the history of Seaham and the marina in the heritage centre and feel the sand between your toes on the beautiful slope beach before calling into one of the excellent cafes. Or, why not treat yourself with a get the adrenalin pumping with water sports including paddle boarding and kayaking. With free onsite parking, a trip to Seaham Harbour Marina is a great day out for all the family.
Future development plans
Lifeboat house prior to phase 2 Restoration complete in 2013
Seaham Harbour Marina